As Tough as They Come Jeff Milton wasn’t going to let a serious wound stop him.

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Jeff Milton.

Lawman Jeff Milton was tough. He was severely wounded in the left arm during an
attempted train robbery near Fairbank, Arizona in February 1900. A special train took
him to Tucson for an emergency procedure, tying the bone with piano wire. He was then
sent to a specialist in San Francisco—who recommended amputation. Milton refused and
went across town to see old Tombstone comrade Dr. George Goodfellow, who cleaned
the wound and put the arm in a sling. Milton threw the sling away and began exercising
his hand, which gained some use over time.

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.

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